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Rufus Isaacs

Harry Furniss (1854-1925)


Inscribed with title


4 ¾ x 2 ¾ inches

'The Law Show', Chris Beetles Gallery, London, December 2023

Rufus Isaacs (1860-1935) was a British Liberal politician and judge. He was called to the bar in 1887 and only 10 years later, became Queen's Counsel. From 1904-1913 he was MP for Reading and in 1910 was made Solicitor General to Asquith's goverment, serving in 1913 as Lord Chief Justice (the first Jew to be appointed). During WW1 he was invaluable within government and in 1917 he was made the Earl of Reading and Viscount Erleigh. In 1921 he resigned as Lord Chief Justice and took the post of Viceroy of India. On his return from he was made Marquess of Reading. In 1931 he served briefly as Foreign Secretary, the last Liberal to hold that post.

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